[VivaTech 2017] The Navya driverless shuttle

By Jules Bricout
— Jun 16, 2017

[VivaTech 2017] The Navya driverless shuttle

According to a UN study, by 2030 60% of the population will be living in cities, and this figure is set rise to 70% by 2050.

This demographic growth may seem remote, but some people are already looking ahead to it.

The challenges are different, in particular in terms of lifestyle, including the development of transport options.

For the Lyon company Navya, created in 2014 by French entrepreneur Christophe Sapet, “current solutions are not yet able to respond to the rise in urban flows and the challenges and opportunities presented by them.”

And it is not by chance that Navya is there today and for the next two days at VivaTech 2017. The star of French driverless cars, the Navya shuttle is the first intelligent and entirely autonomous series electric vehicle which does not produce any CO2.

Conscious of the transportation and environmental challenge, the French company’s 100 employees have conceived and designed the Arma model, in which the batteries are recharged by induction using electrical energy, giving an autonomy of 5 to 13 hours depending on traffic conditions.

Able to carry 15 passengers in its cab, safety is paramount. Navya’s Arma shuttles are fitted with the latest generation sensors and cameras so they can identify obstacles around them and communicate via screens and signalling lights with pedestrians and drivers.

In use in several cities in France and elsewhere (United States, China, Switzerland, etc.), Navya shuttle sales of around 100 are anticipated in 2017.

So what about you, do you want to test their shuttle? It’s at VivaTech 2017, where you can test the Arma shuttle outside the exhibition site.

And if you just want to find out more about Navya, click here.


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